For the most current schedule of tours, programs, volunteer workdays, and other events hosted by the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, click on the Alliance News above, select Newsletters and then select the most current newsletter from the list.


FEBRUARY - Annual Alliance Winter Hike
2018: Saturday, February 3. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Iron Bridge Trail Head Parking Lot. We will hike in search of the bison at Midewin. Dress appropriately. If it snows, bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis.  Lunch to follow at the Road House Restaurant in Manhattan.. 
MARCH - Annual Alliance Spring Hike
2018: Saturday, March 24.  Meet at 10 a.m. at Midewin's "P-3" River Road Parking Lot.  We will hike the Prairie Creek Woods Loop and the Blodgett Marsh Trail.  Lunch to follow at Hayden's Crossing Restaurant in Wilmington. 
JULY- Alliance Annual Meeting & Picnic
2018:  DATE TBD. Midewin volunteers, staff, friends, and family are invited to an evening potluck picnic and (very short) Alliance meeting on the Midewin Supervisor's Office back patio.  The Alliance will supply the meats and beverages.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. 
JULY- Alliance Annual Day Trip Outing
2018:  DATE TBD.  To Pullman.  Please RSVP to Jerry Heinrich at or 815)476-6171 to get details. 
SEPTEMBER - National Public Lands Day
2018: Saturday, September 29.  All are welcome to volunteer to help harvest seed, enhance public trails, protect historical sites, and monitor streams, etc. Project teams fill up fast -- to RSVP contact Kathryn Gorman, Midewin Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at (815) 423-2148.  Followed by a complimentary lunch.
NOVEMBER- Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet & Silent Auction
2018: Saturday, November 17, 4 p.m. Joliet Country Club. This invitation only event recognizes the many volunteers who qualified with their service times during the year with a dinner, awards and short program.  We are accepting items for the Silent Auction.  All proceeds will be placed in the Alliance Bison Fund and used for bison related purchases. 
DECEMBER - Midewin Alliance Holiday Dinner
2018:  DATE TBD, 5 p.m.  Williamson's Restaurant, New Lenox. The Alliance Board of Directors welcome Alliance members to meet them for an informal holiday dinner prior to the Board meeting.
2014 Summer Outing to Sweet Fern

2009 Summer Picnic at Iron Bridge Trailhead

The Alliance provides lunch to volunteers at NPLD.

Celebrating 15 years of volunteer service: Sally Planic and Don Grisham with Prairie Supervisor Wade Spang.